Parkwood community celebrates Junod Playground improvements

Im­prove­ments to Jun­od Play­ground, 12770 Dunks Ferry Road, were cel­eb­rated yes­ter­day by City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill (R-10th dist.); the city’s Deputy May­or for En­vir­on­ment­al and Com­munity Re­sources Mi­chael DiB­er­ardinis; and mem­bers of the Jun­od Play­ground Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil dur­ing a rib­bon-cut­ting ce­re­mony at the Park­wood fa­cil­ity.

The city spent $860,000 to ren­ov­ate the play­ground with a 6,900-square-foot play area and a 4,000-square-foot wa­ter spray area that re­places a swim­ming pool.

The spray area is ac­tiv­ated by a push but­ton, which pre­serves wa­ter when the unit is not in use. State of the art play equip­ment was in­stalled, in­clud­ing two new sets of swings, slides, climb­ing stretch­ers and play nets.

New site fur­nish­ings in­clude benches and tables, both of which are han­di­cap ac­cess­ible. New land­scap­ing was planted in­clud­ing red maple and crape myrtle trees, along with vari­ous shrubs.

For safety, a fence was in­stalled around the en­tire play area, ped­es­tri­an light­ing was in­stalled and, for ad­ded se­cur­ity, eight video cam­er­as with son­ic devices were ad­ded. •• 

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